Determining the Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury

When you suffer a spinal cord injury, you have a long road ahead of you in terms of physical recovery. The emotional and financial implications of the event can be devastating as well. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we know how costly these injuries can be. Quantifying them is key to ensuring that when negligence is involved, you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that roughly 12,000 people endure a spinal cord injury every year. On average, these people spend about 11 days in the hospital, but people who have injuries that are considered neurologically complete often stay longer.

Those hospital costs represent a portion of the expenses you might face following your injury. According to the NSCISC, the average annual cost for someone living with such an injury is $70,575. However, that sum does not take into account the losses someone may suffer due to missed time from work.

Further, the cost of an injury will largely depend on the severity. For example, the NSCISC points out the following:

  • Someone with a high tetraplegia injury will incur expenses averaging $181,328 each year in the years following an injury.
  • A low tetraplegia injury averages $111,237 annually.
  • Paraplegics can expect to pay an average of $67,415 annually in the years after the injury.

To paint an even more devastating picture, the NSCISC points out that someone who suffers a high tetraplegia injury at age 25 will have an average lifetime expense of $4,633,137.

While this might look bleak, there is hope for those who suffer these injuries as the result of a negligent act. You are entitled to file a lawsuit against the responsible party and seek damages that include not only medical expenses but also financial and emotional losses.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page on these types of catastrophic injuries.


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